The Orlando Airport’s Giant “High-Tech, Low-Touch” Terminal, and Other News

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Terminal C at Orlando International Airport designed by Fentress Architects. Photography by Matthew Good

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Orlando International Airport prepares to open a “high-tech, low-touch” terminal.

“Orlando International Airport (MCO) has pulled back the curtain on Terminal C, a 1.8 million-square-foot facility designed by Fentress Architects that opens to passengers on September 19 as the largest new airport terminal to debut in the United States in recent history. Featuring 15 gates, a host of amenities, and a new hub for the Federal Inspection Service (FIS) among other features, the sprawling, “high-tech, low-touch” terminal will increase MCO’s capacity up to 60 million passengers annually at full build-out.” [H/T The Architect’s Newspaper]

Fully electric cars now make up more than five percent of vehicles in the United States. 

“The price of gasoline may soon matter far less to American motorists, with the U.S. having crossed a pivotal line to the mass adoption of electric vehicles, a Bloomberg analysis finds.  The United States is the most recent addition to a growing list of nations where fully electric cars make up 5 percent of new vehicle sales, a threshold that opens the gate to mass adoption, the news service said on Saturday in publishing its findings. During the last six months, the U.S. moved past that tipping point, following 18 other countries. If prior trends continue, a quarter of new car sales could be electric by the end of 2025, a year or two ahead of earlier projections, according to Bloomberg.” [H/T CBS]

“Shot Sage Blue Marilyn,” a 1964 Andy Warhol silkscreen. Image courtesy of Christie’s

Christie’s reports “remarkably strong” sales of $4.1 billion in the first half of 2022.

“The auction house reported $4.1 billion in total sales in the first six months of 2022, an 18 percent bump from last year’s $3.5 billion take during the same time, especially given rising worldwide uncertainty brought on by Russia’s war in Ukraine and concerns about inflation and a possible recession. The star of this first half of the year was Warhol’s Shot Sage Blue Marilyn, which secured the title of the world’s most expensive 20th-century work to be sold at auction and the most expensive American artwork ever sold at auction.” [H/T The Art Newspaper]

Matt King, a co-founder of the offbeat arts collective Meow Wolf, passes away at 37. 

“Matt King, a co-founder of the Santa Fe-based arts collective Meow Wolf that has grown into an offbeat, interactive entertainment juggernaut, has died. He was 37. In a statement, Meow Wolf called King a “pioneer of immersive art” who “had a joy for creation that was electric and expansive.” CEO Jose Tolosa said “thousands have been deeply touched by the artistic genius of his work.” Meow Wolf coined a new brand of family entertainment with its “House of Eternal Return” exhibition in Santa Fe, which provides eye-popping psychedelic design work in a labyrinthine exhibit of spiral stairs and unmarked passageways.” [H/T Associated Press]

A model of the Jason Wu–designed dress that Michelle Obama wore to the 2009 presidential inauguration. Image courtesy DressX/Jason Wu

Jason Wu will release a wearable NFT of Michelle Obama’s 2009 Inaugural Ball gown.

“Digital fashion maker DressX has partnered with American brand Jason Wu to release a wearable NFT of First Lady Michelle Obama’s 2009 Inaugural Ball gown, the companies announced. The NFT, called “The Dream,” is a precise digital twin of the original gown by Wu, and will be available for purchase exclusively via DressX on Wednesday, July 13. The owner of the NFT will be able to wear the dress digitally and receive two tickets to the brand’s show at New York Fashion Week in September.” [H/T Business of Fashion]

Criminals are leaving restaurants one-star reviews as a bargaining tool to extort cash.

“In a new scam targeting restaurants, criminals are leaving negative ratings on restaurants’ Google pages as a bargaining chip to extort digital gift cards. Restaurateurs from San Francisco to New York, many from establishments with Michelin stars, said in recent days that they’ve received a blitz of one-star ratings on Google, with no description or photos, from people they said have never eaten at their restaurants. Soon after the reviews, many owners said, they received emails from a person claiming responsibility and requesting a $75 Google Play gift card to remove the ratings. If payment is not received, the message says, more bad ratings will follow.” [H/T The New York Times]

A “Stranger Things”–themed cafe at Tokyo’s Pronto Shibuya coffee shop. Image courtesy Pronto

Today’s attractive distractions:

Scientists are developing a conical “artificial gravity living facility” in space. 

Enter the Florida house that helped build today’s psychedelics movement.

A Stranger Things–themed cafe has popped up inside a Tokyo coffee shop.

These AR glasses are designed to enhance the Broadway show experience.

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